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Americans’ Prescription Med Use Is Declining

Americans’ Prescription Med Use Is Declining

Latest Prevention & Wellness News WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Bucking a longstanding upward trend, new data shows that the percentage of Americans taking any prescription drug has fallen slightly over the past decade. Still, nearly half — 45.8% — of Americans said they took at least one prescription medicine over the past […]

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Georgia Governor Signs Early Abortion Ban

Georgia Governor Signs Early Abortion Ban

Legislation banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected was signed Tuesday by Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. Latest Pregnancy News A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks, before many women know they’re pregnant, the Associated Press reported. Currently, Georgia allows abortions during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. If […]

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Dizziness

Dizziness

Dizziness facts Dizziness is a symptom that often applies to a variety of sensations including lightheadedness and vertigo. Vertigo is the sensation of spinning, while lightheadedness is typically described as near fainting, and weakness. Some of the conditions that may cause lightheadedness in a patient include low blood pressure, high blood pressure, dehydration, medications, postural […]

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Metoprolol vs. atenolol

Metoprolol vs. atenolol

Metoprolol vs. atenolol: What’s the difference? Metoprolol and atenolol are beta-blockers used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), heart pain (angina), congestive heart failure, hyperthyroidism, abnormal heart rhythms, and some neurologic conditions. Metoprolol is also used to prevent migraine headaches. Brand names for metoprolol include Lopressor and Toprol XL. A brand name for atenolol is […]

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How do cancer-causing bacteria take over our stomachs?

How do cancer-causing bacteria take over our stomachs?

A new study in mice uses cutting-edge imaging techniques to investigate how H. pylori, which are present in around half of the humans on earth, survive and thrive in the stomach. How do H. pylori (pictured above) colonize humans so successfully? Gut bacteria are one of the hottest topics in medical science today. As scientists […]

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What causes black mucus?

What causes black mucus?

When a person has black mucus, they may have inhaled potentially harmful pollutants. Or, they could have an underlying infection or condition. Mucus serves an important purpose in the nasal passages and other cavities throughout the body. It helps protect against infection and harm from foreign objects. Mucus also helps lubricate these passages and cavities. […]

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What to know about excessive burping

What to know about excessive burping

There is no single definition of excessive burping, but if a person thinks that they are burping far more than usual, they might feel as though they are burping excessively. A burp is a normal bodily function that occurs when the body releases excess air from the digestive tract through the mouth. The air typically […]

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Possible causes of facial pain

Possible causes of facial pain

Facial pain is common and often the result of headaches and injuries. However, other causes of facial pain include nerve conditions, jaw and dental problems, and infections. Facial pain can originate from a specific area of the face, or it may radiate from another part of the head. Doctors often categorize facial pain into one […]